- Science, Geography
- Curriculum Strands:
- Human environments (Geography)
- Counties catered for:
- Cork, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford
- Classes catered for:
- All Classes
Tina is a native of Co. Waterford and a graduate of UCC. She is a goldsmith, geologist and gemmologist and is fascinated with the Earth and how it works. Her expertise and interests include rocks, minerals, fossils, gems and jewellery, earth processes, earth history, mining history, coastal processes, biodiversity, and the environment. Tina’s artistic and scientific backgrounds are a great asset to her work with the HIS scheme. All activities are designed with educational and fun creative elements, encouraging an inquiring mind and an artistic spirit. All fieldtrips and class visits are adapted and delivered at a level suitable for the participants.
A practical hands-on activity where the children get to examine and identify a variety of rock, mineral and gemstone samples, with a chance to use some instruments that are used in the identification of gemstones. Learning about Irelands rich mining heritage, with a fun quiz to identify the minerals some everyday objects are made from. This topic can also be partially run outdoors if there are outcrops or stone buildings located close to the school.
Fun presentation exploring our dynamic planet, learning all about how our jigsaw earth was made and what it is made up of. Finding out about volcanoes and earthquakes including where and why they happen. With great hands-on activity where the children will create their own volcanos or plate tectonic jigsaw.
A journey of the mind into space exploring our universe, our sun and moon, our neighbouring planets – their weather and their moons, the asteroid belt and all the other fascinating objects in orbit out there. Finishing with a hands-on creation of a 3D Solar system for the classroom.
A trip through geological time and the fossil record uncovering strange and exotic creatures of early life from tiny crustations to terrifying dinosaurs who are now extinct. Explore a world trapped in the grip of an ice age, discover the amazing creatures who roamed this world and the fascinating life of early man and the wonderful paintings they left behind in their cave homes. Hands-on activities for this session include cave painting, ‘make your own fossils’ and creating a geological time scale for the classroom.
Tina’s fieldtrips are a fun way of experiencing the coastline as an outdoor museum and a living laboratory. Working in groups and teams the children will discover their natural world through fun games and creative activities.
Activities such as Beach Detectives are designed to develop the children’s observational skills, encourage curiosity and imagination. A scavenger hunt highlights what is natural to the beach and what does not belong.
A treasure hunt in the Copper Coast Geological Garden will exercise both body and mind with clues to solve, questions to answer, a code to decipher and a hidden treasure to find.
What are the rocks along my beach? Incorporates the rock cycle, how rocks and minerals are formed, erosion, plate tectonics, earth history, ancient desert, ocean and volcanic environments.
Discover all the different species that inhabit the dynamic environment of our seashore with a rock pool survey combined with a habitat game.
Create a giant mosaic on the sand using all the natural materials found on the beach (Pebbles, Sand, Seaweed & Shells).
A Pebble Pledge is a good way of thinking about what we can all do to help conserve and protect the environment.
"Overall Tina did a magnificent job and catered for maximum of 30 children at a time. She showed children a Powerpoint of volcanoes and then made one with the children. She was extremely knowledgeable and catered for everyone."
"Tina had a great way with the children and the language and information used was very well pitched for their age group. there was a good mixture of activities. The children thoroughly enjoyed the day and the follow up worksheets were an excellent idea. they generated a lot of discussion back in the classroom. Tina was so helpful when contacted to arrange these fieldtrips. She answered all of our queries promptly and advised us of the Five Series Visit offer. As a result we have booked for 3 more trips for the autumn term."
"Well presented, fun and interactive. Very informative."
"The children had a great morning on Annestown beach, exploring the rock pools, playing the habitat game and completing a scavenger hunt. Their awareness of the importance of taking care of the environment was enhanced as was clearly evident in their pebble pledges." - Holy Family Junior School, Waterford
"The visit was thoroughly enjoyed by the pupils." - Scoil Mhuire, Abbeyside, Waterford
"Once again it was a pleasure to work with Tina Keating. She tailors the content to ensure maximum participation by the children." - Holy Family JNS, Waterford
"Tina was excellent!" - Scoil Fhiachna, Cork
"We really enjoyed the visit with Tina. She interacted so well with the pupils and provided excellent information. Overall, a fabulous experience which the children and staff will treasure. We also got some excellent ideas ourselves for teaching SESE. Highly recommended." - St James' NS, Cork
"We were so impressed by Tina’s visit,the children were delighted and learned so much. She was kind and patient and answered all their questions. Very knowledgable. They loved making the volcanoes." - Dromclough NS, Cork
- Provides in-person visits
- Provides practical/hands-on activities
- Provides field trips